New drought assistance tool launched

An online resource for farmers in drought is set to continue and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the news. “Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has just announced FarmHub, an online resource enabling farmers to have a single and straightforward place to find out what drought assistance is available to them,” Mr Ramsey said. […]

Wash-out at Mount Cuthbert

Balaklava local, Tom Lloyd, has been doing the FIFO (fly in fly out) thing for a few years now. At present, he is working at the Mt Cuthbert copper mine in north Queensland about 140km from Cloncurry. Lately it’s been a damn hot place to work. This all changed about the middle of last week […]

New board for Murray Darling

The full board of the Murray Darling Association met last week as part of a three-day meeting of local government leaders from across the Murray Darling Basin. Included in the program was a briefing from the acting chair of the Murray Darling Basin authority Ms Joanna Hewitt AO and CEO Phillip Glyde on current conditions […]

Hopeful for 2019

Hello and happy new year to everyone, and another season is quickly approaching. Last year was very much a year that was sporadic at best, and extremely dry at worst. The months it did rain were few and far between, with the dry front half of the year not seeing much improvement in the second […]

$20 million for hard hit Murray–Darling Basin communities

The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program was launched last Thursday, providing up to $20 million over four years to support Murray-Darling Basin communities most impacted by water recovery. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the funding is to help create sustainable long-term jobs in communities where water recovery has hit hard.   […]

Vintage 2019 off and running

Vintage 2019 has kicked off in the Clare Valley with the first, early ripening varieties of wine grapes already in the bin. Vintage began at Taylors Wines yesterday morning (Tuesday, February 5) and viticulturist Ben Mitchell said the very early ripening Pinot Noir variety – not commonly grown throughout the Clare Valley – was the […]

Roger gets ruthless with rats

Mallala farmer, Roger Davies, had a rat problem. He recently managed to shoot 16 in his barn, and the following day, dispatched three more. But it was with great satisfaction he told me he followed that up by drowning six juveniles and 14 adults he found housed in an old bag filler. It was full […]